Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Ho Hau Yan Andy
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
Provost's Chair in Psychology
Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Head, Psychology, School of Social Sciences (SSS)
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Dr Andy H. Y. Ho is a multiple award winning social scientist, educator and psychologist who specializes in psychosocial gerontology, arts and creative ageing, palliative and bereavement care, holistic therapies and community empowerment. He is a Board Director of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB), as well as the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). He is also a Fellow in Thanatology and a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Andy has helped secure over SGD$15 million in competitive grants and efficaciously conducted numerous empirical, translational, and participatory action research projects for building and promoting active and compassionate citizenry. Since joining Nanyang Technological University in November 2015, he has been awarded 13 major competitive research grants totaling SGD$5 million as Principal Investigator and Co-Principle Investigator from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the National Arts Council Singapore, Temasek Foundation, Lien Foundation and other prominent funding bodies.

Leading a large team of researchers, clinicians, and frontline healthcare professionals, Andy has successfully completed the pioneering Evaluation Study of the National Advance Care Planning Programme in Singapore, the first-ever Lived Experience Study on Parental Bereavement of Child Loss, as well as the ground-breaking Landscape Study on The Arts for Ageing Well in Asia. He has also founded a number of innovative and acclaimed psycho-socio-spiritual interventions including: Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy (MCAT) for burnout prevention and resilience building among caregivers; Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for advancing holistic end-of-life care services; Narrative e-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for augmenting pediatrics palliative and parental bereavement services; and Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives (ARTISAN) for citizen empowerment and loneliness alleviation.

Based on this body of work, Andy has produced numerous public health campaigns and short film documentaries; authored over 100 top-tier journal articles, books, chapters and research reports; as well as presented in over 160 keynote, plenary, invited and competitive conference presentations. His social and scholarly contributions have been recognized with distinction by academic and professional bodies around the world.

Selected Honors and Awards
2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, The University of Hong Kong.
2019 Nanyang Education Award, School Level, Nanyang Technological University.
2019 Best Poster Award in Allied Health (Gold Award), Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress.
2019 Best Oral Presentation Award, Asia Pacific Hospice Conference.
2018 Academic Educator Award, Association for Death Education and Conseling.
2013 Best Cross-Cultural Paper Award, Association for Death Education and Conseling.
2013 Young Investigator Award, Hong Kong International Cancer Congress.
2013 Visiting Scholar Award, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.
2013 Teaching Appreciation Award, Hong Kong Hospital Authority.

Academic Qualification
2016 Doctor of Education (Lifelong Learning and Education), University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
2013 Doctor of Philosophy (Gerontology and Thanatology in Social Work), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2006 Master of Social Sciences (Marriage and Family Therapy), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2001 Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Guidance Studies), University of British Columbia, Canada.
2000 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of British Columbia, Canada.
Psychosocial Gerontology, Healthy and Creative Ageing with Art-based Research

Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Quality of Life in Stroke and Mental Health Recovery

Caregiver Support and Resilience Building in Bereavement and Dementia Care

Public Health Palliative Care and End of Life Care Provision and Policy Research

Intervention Studies, Holistic Therapies, Life and Death Education, Medical Humanities

Community Empowerment, Health Service Research, Participatory Action Research
  • CADENCE Platform 3: AI, digital health and human potential (Andy Ho)
  • CometoCare: Investigating the Roles of Computer-mediated Self-disclosure and Social Support on the Psychological Well-being of Family Caregivers of the Elderly
  • Foundational Empirical Research on Thanatology and Death-Studies
  • Integrative Health Coaching Post-Stroke
  • Slow Art Plus: Developing and Piloting a Single Session Art Gallery-based Intervention for Mental Health Promotion via a Mixed Method Waitlist Randomized Control Trial (RCT)
  • Striving through Caring: A Phenomenological Study of Flourishing in Dementia Family Caregivers